“I read this as a teenager. Now 40 years later I find it very sad. What is dream and what is reality? Do we make our reality and can we change it?”Jamey Tippens wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read for Purdue book club. A man can change the world while he dreams, and his doctor tries to take advantage of this by changing the world to suit himself”Mark C wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The idea was good, the follow through could have been better.”
“Great classic sci-fi. A man's dreams can change the world.”Vera wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow - this book made me distrust my own mind. What are dreams? What is reality? What happens when the power to change reality falls into the wrong hands? After I finished reading this book I went back to the first chapter to get a better sense of what had been completely chaotic when I first picked it up. While the main character's passivity can be frustrating as the book goes on, it is essential to the story and therefore forgivable. It's a lovely and heartrending and thought-provoking book. ”Marie wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Today, we're playing catch-up: I read this novel years ago, was absolutely blown away by it, became a dedicated fan of the author and then totally forgot to include it on this list.
I hang my head in shame...
A haunting piece of work, the book deals with the experience of a unique young man whose dreams change the world in the blink of an eye and the psychiatrist who first tries to treat him, then later tries to harness this cataclysmic talent for his own ends.
That over-simplification of the plot really doesn't do the story justice.
Ms. Le Guin weaves a misty gossamer like plot that delicately interleaves mass extinction, alien invasion, ecological upheaval and, just for good measure, a love story between unlikely opposites.
As absurd as that may sound, she pulls it all off and to excellent effect.
The novel is relatively short and Ms. Le Guin's prose, as always, is easy to read. Never read her before? Start here.
Oh, yes: very recommended!”
“Excellent reading if you really want something to think about. What if your dreams were "effective?" George Orr's are. What he dreams actually replaces the world around him with the new. He carries memories from before but only he and Dr. Haber, the therapist he goes to for a cure witness the changes. That is, until Haber starts using his subject for his own gain. The book examines closely our God complex and what happens with power of this magnitude in any hands. None are capable to wield or predict results even with the best intentions. ”Rick Bevard wrote this review Saturday, December 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an interesting exploration of how dreams and other parts of our psyche affect the waking world and vice versa. For me, the distinctions between the two main foils seemed a bit too blunt at times, but, once I finished the book, I feel like it all worked together well, with kind of a dream-like quality. And why wouldn't it? Le Guin is a skillful author.”Brian G wrote this review Friday, November 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Classic Sci-fi. Relevant as much today as the day it was written. Man finds that his dreams can come true. ”nina d wrote this review Saturday, October 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No